• Chamber's CHAMPS program receives VA Dept. Education award

    For immediate release: May 9, 2016


    Chesterfield, VA – The Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce’s CHAMPS (Chamber Helping Achieve Meaningful Partnerships in Schools) program has been selected by the Virginia Department of Education as the Region 1 winner of the 2016 Creating Excellence Business and Industry Partnerships Award.

    “We have been blown away by the support from the business community,” said Dr. David Eshelman, Director of Career and Technical Education for Chesterfield County Public Schools. “Everywhere I turn, people have stepped up to the plate particularly with the opening of a second technical center and it meant so much. The involvement of the business community really is critical to the success of the programs. Teachers can’t do it alone.”

    “Our members who serve on CHAMPS are some of the most dedicated people I know,” said Danna Markland, President of the Chesterfield Chamber. “Their activities within the schools have a tremendous impact on individual students, teachers, and the overall ability to produce workplace-ready graduates. I am absolutely thrilled that the hard work of these volunteers has been recognized and I hope it motivates other businesses to get involved.”

    The CHAMPS program started in the Chesterfield Chamber more than a decade ago by a small group of DuPont Spruance Plant employees who gathered other members into the effort. Today, CHAMPS continues to stand for small and large businesses engaging in the development of Chesterfield County’s future workforce.

    The Virginia Department of Education recognizes exemplary engagement in business partnerships in developing and supporting a quality career and technical education program. Nominee evaluations were made with the following criteria:
    • The business partner ensures that programs and curricula are relevant in today’s workplace.
    • The business partner participates in classroom, extracurricular, and student leadership activities.
    • The business partner provides work-based learning experiences through job shadow, mentoring, and/or internships.
    • The business partner promotes the CTE program.

    Nominations are reviewed by a regional/state judging panel that selects recipients. A June 9 awards luncheon is scheduled in Richmond. Further information on the award: http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2016/014-16a.pdf

  • “Relaunch Chesterfield” Aims to Reopen Chesterfield Businesses


    Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, Chesterfield Cabinet and Chesterfield County have united to support a coordinated relaunching of the Chesterfield economy.   Relaunch focuses on issues for businesses and elected officials around the county to consider as reopening plans are made. "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to work in conjunction with the Governors’ Covid-19 Business Task Force recommendations as they too begin the work of relaunching Virginia’s economy. 

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" will be developed in partnership with business leaders across a broad array of industry sectors and organizations around the county, including but not limited to the following sections:

    • Health and Safety First/Internal & External Customers
    • Retail
    • Restaurants
    • Hospitality
    • Arts & Entertainment
    • Healthcare Services
    • Personal Care Service Industry
    • K-12 Education & Childcare and Daycare

    "Relaunch Chesterfield" is meant to serve as a start to the conversation for returning more employees and businesses to work, rather than serving as a final, prescriptive set of answers or solutions.

    We are currently seeking participants to work and lead in these individual industry workgroups.  Please submit your information to be considered for an interested industry cluster workgroup by clicking here.    

    Businesses are resilient in creating opportunities to thrive in challenging conditions.  Businesses ability to pivot their business model and allow others to learn from that change is important for the greatest number of businesses to relaunch. By joining efforts and bringing businesses and resources together we have the ability to make adjustments quickly and start commerce sooner. 

    When the Commonwealth is ready to open Virginia, Chesterfield will be ready to open.

    We are looking for 8-10 people for each industry workgroup indicated to develop a framework for success.  Models and examples are already available as a guide from across the Country.  Workgroups using best practices can have the best opportunity for a successful plan.